18 Nov 2019|Moody's Investors Service
Brexit has been a catalyst for the UK government's increasing policy inertia, loss of policy predictability and diminished cohesion, all of which are reducing the country’s institutional strength. These conditions are affecting the operating environment for a range of UK government-related entities, banks and other debt issuers.
Outlook on UK’s Aa2 rating changed to negative on weakening institutional strength and risks of rising debt, falling growth
08 Nov 2019|Moody's Investors Service
The UK government’s institutional strength has weakened, as illustrated by the increasing inertia and, at times, paralysis that has characterised Brexit-era policymaking. The UK’s debt burden is high and unlikely to fall, given growing pressures for spending increases, with little clarity on how they might be financed. Brexit-related uncertainty has led to slower growth in business investment, which weighs on growth rates.
30 Oct 2019|Moody's Investors Service
The European Council announced that it was willing to formally postpone the UK's departure date from the European Union until 31 January 2020. The delay prolongs the uncertainty, which will continue to weigh on spending, investment and hiring decisions in the UK for some time and is credit negative for an array of issuers both in the UK and the EU.
22 Oct 2019|Moody's Investors Service
The UK Parliament’s vote in favor of a Brexit deal indicates a first step towards an orderly exit from the European Union (EU), even if it may not be possible for the UK to leave by the end of October. Under the deal, the UK’s exit would be followed by a transition period with the EU, which would likely bring more Brexit-related uncertainty.
RMBS – United Kingdom: Brexit fears reduce UK housing market activity, a credit negative for UK RMBS
23 Sep 2019|Moody's Investors Service
Brexit uncertainty has led to reduced housing market activity, a credit negative for the UK housing market, and by extension RMBS, because it lowers recovery values of defaulted loans.
10 Sep 2019|Moody's Investors Service
Investment has weakened significantly, alongside worsening housing market and financial conditions. UK growth declined in Q2 2019 and the core inflation rate has stabilised in recent months. In a no-deal Brexit scenario, the UK economy could be permanently smaller than with a trade agreement.